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Fabric Ink T-Shirt How-To with Free SVG

I’ve been wanting one of these trendy tees since the beginning of October! I almost bit the bullet and ordered one but, I’m a maker and it’s hard for me to order things I can easily make myself for a fraction of the price.

I like to pass along my tid bits of know how every now and then so today I’m showing you how easy it is to create a t-shirt that has a vintage feel to it. No HTV required!

Here’s what you need:

(1) Measure and Prepare T-Shirtmeasure-tshirt

I always measure first. It keeps me from putting designs under my armpit. Find the center of the shirt and press or iron it so that you have a line to center your design on. Also, now is the percent time to place cardboard or even paper inside of your shirt to prevent bleeding.

(2) Cut and Weed Designweed-stencil

I use the Cricut Explore Air II for all of my cutting needs. I highly recommend this machine if you’re in the market for one! Cut the Oramask on the vinyl setting and weed away the parts of the design that you want to be black.

(3) Transfer Stenciltransfer-stencil

Use transfer tape to pick up the design and transfer it to your shirt. I used plain old contact paper because it’s less sticky. If you use a transfer tape that is to sticky you might have a hard time getting the stencil to adhere to the shirt.

(4) Apply Fabric Inkapply-fabric-ink

Apply the fabric ink with a stiff brush, using a pouncing motion. I applied it sparingly to get the vintage t-shirt look.

cover-area

Cover the entire design and let it dry for a few minutes before removing the stencil. If you want a darker image, do another coat of fabric ink.

(5) Remove Stencil and Iron Over Design.basic-witch-tshirt-final

Once it’s all dry you can peel away the stencil and reveal the perfect, crisp design! Iron over the design or pop it under the heat press for a few seconds. This sets the fabric ink so it doesn’t just wash out.

(6) Show Off!basic-witch-tshirt copy

Now you can wear your totally awesome DIY’d shirt and when everyone asks where you got it  you get to say, “I made it!” Go you. You rock.

Happy Crafting Friends! <3

Kayla

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25 Comments

  • October 12, 2017 at 8:31 am
    Rachel

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • October 12, 2017 at 9:50 am
      Kayla

      You’re welcome!!

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  • October 12, 2017 at 9:48 am
    Tara

    Love this! How do you think this design would work using heat transfer vinyl?

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    • October 12, 2017 at 9:50 am
      Kayla

      I think it would work just fine! It’s a bit of weeding but not that bad.

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  • October 12, 2017 at 7:10 pm
    Angie

    Where did you get your shirt that you used?

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    • October 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm
      Kayla

      It’s a Jerzees brand shirt from Amazon. I’ll link it in the post.

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  • October 15, 2017 at 5:12 pm
    Julie

    Hi! Love this! Is the fabric ink you use like speedball? Thanks!

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    • October 15, 2017 at 5:50 pm
      Kayla

      Hey! It’s very similar to speedball ink. Maybe a little bit thicker but works the same way! I used Silhouette brand fabric ink.

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  • October 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm
    Tara Fossett

    Love this idea, thank you so much for sharing!!

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    • October 16, 2017 at 7:29 am
      Kayla

      You’re so welcome!

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  • October 16, 2017 at 10:05 am
    Jennifer

    How does it do after some washings? Air dry or gentle cycle? I’ve been wanting to make some shirts for my self that I do can’t buy since I can easily make it but I’m scared to make the leap. Lol.

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    • October 16, 2017 at 10:18 am
      Kayla

      They hold up well!! I made one for July 4th in 2016 and it has been washed 20+ times and looks great!

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  • October 16, 2017 at 11:33 am
    Carol

    Oh my ! Being the coffee addict that I am ( and not ashamed!) this is PERFECT!

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    • October 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm
      Kayla

      Yay for coffee addicts!! Thanks for stopping in!

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  • October 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm
    B Pressley

    You rock Kayla!!

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    • October 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm
      Kayla

      Aw, thanks!! So happy you stopped by!

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  • January 19, 2018 at 6:23 pm
    Bree

    I am so very new to the cricut world (just bought mine this week)! I love the shirt idea! This is probably a dumb question but when you mention transfer the oramask stencil using contact paper, what do you mean? What type of contact paper should I use? Any types would be helpful!

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    • January 22, 2018 at 12:36 am
      Kayla

      Hey, Bree! Totally not a dumb question! I transfer Oramask using clear contact paper from stores like target/walmart.. The kind that you would use to line shelves or drawers. Lots of vinyl companies make transfer paper but I find it to be too sticky to transfer the Oramask. Hope that helps!

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  • May 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm
    Nicki Trott

    Do you use an Easy Press heat press to set the ink? I would like to use that, but I don’t know what settings to use or if I have to put a layer of something between the shirt and the press.

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    • May 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm
      Kayla

      I used an iron bc I didnt have an easypress at the time but it would work the exact same. Just set it to 350 and press for 30 seconds. 🙂

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      • May 13, 2019 at 3:39 pm
        Nicki Trott

        Thanks! Would I need a teflon sheet or parchment paper to cover the shirt? And would this work with Speedball ink? Sorry about all the questions, I got some fun stuff for my birthday and want to have an idea what I am doing before I start creating.

  • June 3, 2019 at 7:54 pm
    Emma

    LOVE this shirt!!! Do you think it would work and look the same on baseball hats??

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    • June 3, 2019 at 9:20 pm
      Kayla

      Thanks! Hats will be a little harder bc of their shape but it’s doable!

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  • August 26, 2019 at 6:18 am
    Kori

    Have you tried this with bleach?

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    • August 29, 2019 at 9:18 pm
      Kayla

      I haven’t! I have seen others do it with success!

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